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TUNED IN: KAFM radio show brings live bands into the studio

with The Harley Rider
“Broaden your BANDwidth”


• KAFM’s sixth annual Radio Daze at Kannah Creek 3-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, featuring Dreamboat, Lainey’s May, The Thomasina Brown Band and Drop Top Lincoln.

• Broaden Your BANDwidth next on KAFM: Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Concrete Effect live in studio before they play the Mesa Theater with Texas Hippie Coalition.

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and let KAFM “Broaden Your BANDwidth!”

It may seem like a call from a barker at a sideshow or the latest attempt to sell you access to another wireless carrier or internet provider, but Broaden Your BANDwidth (BYB) is much more than that. BYB is not only a monthly show featuring live local, regional or even national acts; it is a way of life at the KAFM.

Broaden Your BANDwidth is about expanding your knowledge and listening pleasure, exposing you to music that you would not normally listen to. There is an amazing amount of talented, hard-working musicians that are putting their hearts and souls into some great music that never reaches a commercial radio station. Many of these artists and bands are local and are not getting radio play on any radio station in the valley except KAFM.

Just recently, I saw one of our better-known local bands trying to drum up support from their fan base to vote on a local commercial radio station’s web page, just to get them to play a song. That won’t happen on KAFM, not only do we play local artists, we feel it is part of our responsibility as your community radio station to partner with local and regional artists to share their talents and their upcoming shows.

BYB is an hour-long show of live music and interviews with artists. So far this year we have had local legends Jack + Jill, Stray Grass, The Instagators and Lowlands. Jason Charles Miller took time out to stop by while on his Screaming Robot/Eagle/Bear Across America tour and Boulder artist Dennis Wanebo made a special trip across the mountains to appear on the show with his special guest, Bob Story. Singer/songwriter Susan Walton out of Montrose was our last guest, sharing songs from her CD “January Trees.”


Speaking of local talent, on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Kannah Creek Brewery, it’s time for KAFM’s annual summer party, Radio DAZE! The brewery is hosting this event for the sixth year; it’s a time to come out and celebrate all things that are great about KAFM, and if you are the lucky holder of the winning raffle ticket, you could be driving away in your own G-Wagon! Not only do we have a great local music line-up, we have 300 Watt Ale specially brewed for KAFM by Kannah Creek, and 100% of the sales of the 300 Watt Ale goes to support the radio station.

The exciting line-up for Radio Daze this year includes Dreamboat, kicking off the event at 3:30 p.m. featuring KAFM’s own David Goe. Following Dreamboat, from 5–6 p.m. is Lainey’s May coming off their appearance at this year’s Country Jam; they are back to back champions of KEKB’s Country Spotlight. Singer/songwriter Thomasina Russell recently back from Austin, Texas, and her band will get you warmed up from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

This year’s closing band is Drop Top Lincoln, so get ready for some dirt rock, when these boys get going. They should have copies of their new CD, “Sixxx Dollar Suit.” DTL brings it, from their smoking originals to some great covers, they will have you moving. You don’t want to miss Casey on guitar, playing with no pick and the unusual use of a beer bottle as a slide. Casey is also deploying to Afghanistan a couple of days after the gig, so come out, wish him well and let him know we all appreciate his service to our country.

Please do what you can to support all of our local and regional bands; find them on Facebook, share their gig dates, be part of the growing music scene in Grand Junction, and don’t forget to tune in to http://www.kafmradio.org or 88.1 on your dial, and most of all Broaden Your BANDwidth!

Boyd Franklin is The Harley Rider on KAFM every other Wednesday from 6 to 9 a.m., and hosts Broaden Your BANDwidth on the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact him at http://www.facebook.com/TheHarleyRider.

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